Portland celebrations

The Year of Living Crowdlessly

Nine months into shutdown, even an introvert can miss the hustle and bustle of the streets. A look back in photos on the art of gathering.


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


I don’t like crowds. I avoid them as much as I can, and when I can’t—as when I am working on a photographic project—I try to limit the amount of time I spend in them. So it has come as something of a surprise to find that now, after living for nine months without crowds, I have started to miss them—sort of. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone?”

The photographs here are a look back at the not all-too-distant past, when we congregated with impunity. Each image has been contextually enhanced by a pandemical subtext. When will we ever be doing something like this again? We are all waiting for an answer to that question—some more patiently than others.


BASTILLE DAY, 2012



2 PARTIES NO VOICE, 2011


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Rose Festival: A fond look back

This year's big parades and carnival are gone with the pandemic wind. As scaled-back "Parading in Place" begins, we salute the way it was.


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


A Rose Festival by any other name may not smell quite so sweet, but this abbreviated retrospective, this “Virtual Rose Festival,” will have to do this year as Portland’s annual celebration of the genus rosa has, like so many other essential celebrations, wilted in the heat of this global pandemic. In place of parading there is parading in place. The photographs here are collected from past years of sporadic attendance, and are offered as a reminder of what many may be missing today, but almost certainly will be enjoying again in the not too distant future.

This year’s festival, the 113th, was to have opened on Friday, May, 22, and continued through June 7, complete with its showcase parades: The Starlight Parade, the Junior Parade, and the culminating Grand Floral Parade. Holding their place will be the Rose Festival’s Parading in Place: Check the link for details.


2013: Hitched

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